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Dollhouse 

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A futuristic laboratory has erased the identities of lost young people, and now imprints them with the temporary identities they need to fulfill assignments for clients.

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Joss Whedon
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Eliza Dushku ...  Echo / ... 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Harry Lennix ...  Boyd Langton 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Fran Kranz ...  Topher Brink 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Tahmoh Penikett ...  Paul Ballard 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Enver Gjokaj ...  Victor / ... 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Dichen Lachman ...  Sierra / ... 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Olivia Williams ...  Adelle DeWitt 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Miracle Laurie ...  Mellie / ... 15 episodes, 2009-2010
Amy Acker ...  Dr. Claire Saunders / ... 14 episodes, 2009-2010
Reed Diamond ...  Laurence Dominic 13 episodes, 2009-2010
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Storyline

A shadowy organization uses mind-wiped humans known technically as "actives" and colloquially as "dolls" who are imprinted with false memories and specialized skills for various tasks on behalf of paying clients. When they are not on assignments, they live in an underground "Dollhouse", a facility that protects and provides for their needs, including food, exercise and sleeping pods little bigger than coffins. One of the dolls, a young woman called Echo by her handlers, is slowly becoming aware of herself and what is going on. Meanwhile, at least two different people on the outside are trying to bring down the Dollhouse, one by finding Echo and the other by using her. Written by ahmetkozan

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Anyone can happen (Season 2 tagline) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The company behind the doll houses in the show is Rossum. As confirmed in episode 2.11, this is a nod to Karel Capek's play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). The play deals with artificial people, programmed to do work who eventually turn on their masters. This play also introduced the word "robot" into the English language. See more »

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[repeated line]
Boyd Langton: Would you like a treatment?
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Referenced in ConCeption (2011) See more »

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What You Don't Know
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Another fine series from Joss Whedon
5 March 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This series is centred on Echo, a young woman who is in the 'fantasy fulfilment' business. Having committed certain offences, which are revealed later, she has been persuaded to give five years of her life to the Dollhouse. During this time her mind is wiped and she will live as a doll. When hired the required personality will be downloaded into her mind and she will fulfil that person's desires. Echo isn't the only doll, over the course of the series we get to know other dolls, who are both male and female, their handlers and key workers in the Dollhouse; notable Echo's handler Boyd Langton; Adelle DeWitt, head of the LA Dollhouse Adelle DeWitt; Laurence Dominic, her head of security; scientist Topher Brink and Doctor Claire Saunders. Outside the Dollhouse and its wealthy clients it is considered an urban legend but FBI Agent Paul Ballard believes in it and is determined to expose it; something that will put him in considerable danger. Early on we get many 'client of the week' stories but gradually the overarching plot takes over. Then we learn more about the Dollhouses and the shadowy corporation behind them.

As one might expect from a series created by Joss Whedon there are plenty of interesting ideas and great characters... also like some of his other series it was ended too soon. The early episodes do an impressive job of introducing key characters without telling us too much about them... there are some surprising revelations throughout the series. The nature of some of the Dolls' engagements mean it could easily have become a little sleazy but this is avoided this by giving a good mix of stories. The cast, which includes many Whedon regulars, does an impressive job. Most notable of these is Eliza Dushku who does a really fine job as Echo; Harry Lennix, as Boyd Langton; Tahmoh Penikett as Ballard; Fran Kranz, as Topher; Olivia Williams as Adelle DeWitt; Amy Acker as Dr Saunders; and Enver Gjokaj and Dichen Lachman, as dolls Victor and Sierra respectively. Most episodes include a good amount of varied action and plenty of tension. The plot obviously includes many science fiction elements but it is more about characters than technology so even if you aren't a sci-fi fan you can enjoy this. Overall I'd definitely recommend this; don't be put off by its premature ending; it does have a proper conclusion.


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